Give Your Puppy or Kitten the Right Start in Life
At Animal House of Chicago, each pet's first year of care is customized based on its specific needs to help your puppy or kitten get the right start in life. Just like human children, puppies and kittens require additional physical exams and vaccine boosters to ensure that they stay healthy.
Below are our recommendations for your puppy's or kitten's first year.
- Physical Exams: Your puppy's or kitten's lifetime of wellness starts with its first comprehensive physical exam. At your puppy's or kitten's first visit, our technicians will first collect a history of your pet, and talk with you about its lifestyle, and any prior vaccination history.
During the exam you will have the opportunity to ask questions you may have about your pet's health including physical changes you may notice, as well as any behavioral questions or concerns. We understand that your puppy or kitten is a valuable member of your family and we welcome any opportunity to advise you during this exciting time.
- Vaccinations: Due to their immature immune systems puppies and kittens must receive a series of properly staged vaccines. Since every puppy and kitten is unique, we create a personalized vaccination schedule based on their lifestyle and/or breed and according to the suggested guidelines.
- Diagnostic Testing: We recommend that puppies are tested for Heartworm at 6 months of age if not done previously and that kittens are tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline AIDS at their first visit if not done previously. Fecal testing helps identify parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and giardia. Because a large percentage are born with parasites (transferred from the parents), we recommend deworming every puppy or kitten.
- Additional Recommendations: Your veterinarian will also discuss and recommend other services, such as spaying, neutering or microchipping, as well as recommendations for Behavior Counseling, that can lead to a longer and healthier life for your dog or cat.